LoveAlaskaDesign

Aleut-St'at'imc beadwork, Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska

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Announcement    NO CUSTOM ORDERS, please read!
Kalhwa7acw/aang/hello!
Kukwstumckacw/qagaasakuq/thank you for your interest in my beadwork and art- all the support is greatly appreciated! I come from a family of many crafty matriarchs- my 90 year old St'at'imc grandma still beads to this day. Beadwork allows me to connect with my cultures and my ancestors, and brings me tremendous joy.
I get multiple requests daily through Etsy and across my social media channels for custom work, so I thought I'd take a moment to address the reasons I have chosen not to do it. I have always been an artist, ever since I can remember- even having an art scholarship for my first stint in college. When I was a small child, my great great aunt Hattie would sit with me at a tiny table and create masterpieces with me. My grandmas taught to me sew, crochet, and bead, so beadwork and crafts invoke special memories for me.
When we owned a tattoo studio, I was excited... at first. But the haggling process, and attempts at bringing to life the designs of someone else, turned it into a chore. I found that I was no longer expressing my own creativity, it had merely become a monotonous job.
Since beadwork truly is medicine for me, and it's a way of connecting with my family, cultures, and ancestors, it's very sacred. I don't want that to change- ever. I don't want to risk beadwork becoming a "chore." Further, all my pieces are created with positivity and meditative thought. I don't want to create pieces with negative, or even neutral, thoughts.
I may change my mind at some point, I'll let my ancestors guide me. For now, and for the foreseeable future, as I want to create the best possible and send out only good medicine... I do not do commissions/requests/custom work.
Kukwstumckacw/qagaasakuq/thank you for your understanding!
Sending much love and happiness to all! :)

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Last updated on Jan 23, 2021

NO CUSTOM ORDERS, please read!
Kalhwa7acw/aang/hello!
Kukwstumckacw/qagaasakuq/thank you for your interest in my beadwork and art- all the support is greatly appreciated! I come from a family of many crafty matriarchs- my 90 year old St'at'imc grandma still beads to this day. Beadwork allows me to connect with my cultures and my ancestors, and brings me tremendous joy.
I get multiple requests daily through Etsy and across my social media channels for custom work, so I thought I'd take a moment to address the reasons I have chosen not to do it. I have always been an artist, ever since I can remember- even having an art scholarship for my first stint in college. When I was a small child, my great great aunt Hattie would sit with me at a tiny table and create masterpieces with me. My grandmas taught to me sew, crochet, and bead, so beadwork and crafts invoke special memories for me.
When we owned a tattoo studio, I was excited... at first. But the haggling process, and attempts at bringing to life the designs of someone else, turned it into a chore. I found that I was no longer expressing my own creativity, it had merely become a monotonous job.
Since beadwork truly is medicine for me, and it's a way of connecting with my family, cultures, and ancestors, it's very sacred. I don't want that to change- ever. I don't want to risk beadwork becoming a "chore." Further, all my pieces are created with positivity and meditative thought. I don't want to create pieces with negative, or even neutral, thoughts.
I may change my mind at some point, I'll let my ancestors guide me. For now, and for the foreseeable future, as I want to create the best possible and send out only good medicine... I do not do commissions/requests/custom work.
Kukwstumckacw/qagaasakuq/thank you for your understanding!
Sending much love and happiness to all! :)

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About LoveAlaskaDesign

Sales 698
On Etsy since 2019

Being Unangax (Aleut) and St'at'imc, having been raised in Iowa and now stuck in Louisiana, away from my family and people, crafts and bead work are a joy for me, and help me feel connected to my ancestors and cultures.

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